Getting to Minnesota

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Getting to Minnesota

The North Star State is easy to reach, whether you’re flying, driving or arriving by train. No matter how you get here, we want your travels to be as smooth and hassle-free as possible. Read on for travel information and tips, then check out how to get around Minnesota once you arrive.

Getting to Minnesota


Minnesota is located in the upper Midwest, in the north central U.S. along the Canadian border. The state is about 400 miles long from top to bottom, and the width varies from 200 to 350 miles across. The state is divided into five regions. Minnesota borders Lake Superior along the state’s northeastern edge, and the Mississippi River flows throughout much of the state.

Getting Here By Air

Touch down at one of nine passenger service airports and you’ll be within easy reach of adventure. Four Minnesota airports offer international service.

All Minnesota Airports

See below for a list of Minnesota airports across the state.

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Airplane MSP Airport Minneapolis skyline

Delta airplane on tarmak at MSP Airport / Emmanuel Canaan

MSP Airport

MSP International Airport is surrounded by Minneapolis, St. Paul and the suburban cities of Bloomington, Eagan, Mendota Heights and Richfield. As the 17th busiest U.S. airport for passengers, MSP is home base for hometown carrier Sun Country Airlines and Delta Air Lines’ second largest hub.

The airport has received various accolades including awards for safety, concessions and airport design. Most recently, MSP was named the 2017 top North American airport for efficiency excellence in its size category by the Air Transportation Research Society.

Airport Hubs & Terminals

MSP has one airfield with four runways and two terminal buildings (Terminal 1 & 2), each with adjoining parking ramp facilities. Travelers who need to transfer from one terminal to the other use the light rail transit service. There is no pedestrian access between the buildings.

  • Terminal 1 / Lindbergh: Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air Choice One, Air France, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Boutique Air, Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines
  • Terminal 2 / Humphrey: Condor, Frontier Airlines, Icelandair, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines

Ground Transportation

MSP Airport offers many convenient, reliable transportation options.

  • Cars and shuttles
    Taxi service
    Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride services
    Van and shuttle services
    Car rental services
  • Local public transportation
    Light rail transit
    Public bus service
  • Intercity and interstate buses
    Jefferson Lines scheduled bus service
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Car Rental

Browse car rental companies conveniently located at MSP and nearby.

MSP Airport shopping Uptown Minnesota store

Uptown Minnesota, MSP Airport / Metropolitan Airports Commission

Things to Do at MSP Airport

If you find yourself with some time to spare before your flight takes off, check out 10 ways to explore MSP Airport. With shopping, dining, art, music, kid-friendly fun, a walking path and luxe ways to unwind, you’re sure to make the most of your time here.

Getting Here by Car

With major interstate highways connecting nearby states to Minnesota and key border town access points between Canada and Minnesota, accessing the North Star state is a breeze. Use the information below to plot your road trip, and be sure to check out the state’s scenic byways.


  • Major interstate highways: I-35, I-35E, I-35W, I-90, I-94
  • Auxiliary interstate highways: I-335, I-394, I-494, I-535, I-694

Drive Times & Mileage

To MSPTo DuluthTo RochesterTo BemidjiTo St. Cloud
Fargo3.5 hrs 235 mi4.5 hrs 240 mi5.4 hrs 321 mi2.5 hrs 129 mi3 hrs 172 mi
Sioux Falls4 hrs 238 mi6 hrs 390 mi3.5 hrs 238 mi6 hrs 358 mi4 hrs 228 mi
Des Moines4 hrs 244 mi6 hrs 396 mi3 hrs 212 mi7 hrs 548 mi4.5 hrs 308 mi
Madison4.5 hrs 275 mi5 hrs 332 mi3 hrs 213 mi7.5 hrs 481mi5 hrs 337 mi
Green Bay5 hrs 305 mi5 hrs 331 mi4.5 hrs 267 mi7.5 hrs 480 mi5 hrs 343 mi
Milwaukee5.5 hrs 340 mi6 hrs 400 mi4 hrs 227 mi8.5 hrs 545 mi6 hrs 400 mi
Omaha6 hrs 374 mi3.5 hrs 530 mi5 hrs 345 mi8 hrs 535 mi6.5 hrs 277 mi
Chicago6.5 hrs 422 mi7 hrs 468 mi5.5 hrs 350 mi9.5 hrs 617 mi7 hrs 437 mi
Lincoln6.5 hrs 432 mi8.5 hrs 584 mi6 hrs 400 mi9 hrs 566 mi7 hrs 413 mi
Detroit11 hrs 690 mi11 hrs 750 mi9.5 hrs 630 mi14 hrs 904 mi11.5 hrs 750 mi
Kansas City7 hrs 540 mi8.5 hrs 588 mi6 hrs 404 mi10 hrs 651 mi7.5 hrs 501 mi
Indianapolis9 hrs 590 mi10 hrs 649 mi8 hrs 529 mi12.5 hrs 804 mi10 hrs 653 mi
Winnipeg7 hrs 763 mi7 hrs 378 mi8.5 hrs 542 mi4.5 hrs 232 mi6.5 hrs 392 mi
Denver13.5 hrs 914 mi15.5 hrs 1066 mi13 hrs 882 mi15 hrs 964 mi14 hrs 768 mi
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